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• Junior high students ditch 'planning day'

I took my 22-month-old daughter to Smyrna Park's playground today (Wednesday, Aug. 29) and noticed all these kids hanging out. I asked another mom there, "What are all these kids doing out of school?" She informed me of the junior high's Planning Day and they didn't start school until 9:30 a.m. or so.

While these kids are hagging out, running wild, I observed them smoking, trash talking, who's going to fight who and talking about promiscuous things. I also notice that there was no supervision for these kids. Scary! Hello? These are junior high kids!

When the morning bell finally rang for school to start, about 10 to 15 percent went the opposite way of school as if they are ditching school for the day, while the rest of the kids did walk to school. Kudos for those kids who went to school!

Parents, please be aware you what your kids are doing and their influences. If you don't get involved now, before you know it will be to late. They are our future!

• High cost of a low price

Citizens of Ceres, wake up! Educate yourselves to what may happen to the economy in Ceres if the Wal-Mart Corporation is allowed to open a Super WalMart in our city.

Our local grocery stores, pharmacies, hardware stores and independent small business' will be hit hard. I am all for free enterprise, but the Wal-Mart corporation doesn't complete on a fare competitive basis. They violate the federal Roberson Patman Act. That enables Wal-Mart to sell at lower prices than the actual cost of the goods. Sure they get fined, but what is a few thousand dollars to a multibillion dollar company? Be ready for unemployment to rise and stores to close if this happens here in Ceres.

There is a movie you can rent or purchase called "Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price." Judge for yourselves if we can really afford a Super WalMart to come into our city.

• Disgusted at Alcorn coverage

I'm calling in regards to the sports page that has the new Ceres Saints' first season. I am thoroughly disgusted by the fact that anybody would promote Russ Alcorn's organization when he destroyed a very strong, good organization and then founded a new one.

• Something funny at City Hall

The bottom line here with the city of Ceres is, doesn't it seem like something's kind of funny here when you lose your city manager, Tim Kerr, right? Now your water guy, Steve Wilson. Heidi. Sheila Cumberland. Everybody's gone to Turlock. Some funny stuff is going on here in Ceres.

I've been an employee there. Just lost my job. It's not like it used to be. Something's going on within these walls here in Ceres and it needs to be investigated.

• Get more involved to aid police

This is in response to "It's time Ceres PD gets a review." They said a teen got shot and police can't find the suspects. Well, you need to tell your neighbors to get more involved because somebody probably saw something and they're too afraid to talk. That's not the cops' fault! Do you expect cops to be there when things happen? Or pull suspects' names out of a hat? I don't think so.

Also, you made a comment that the man police shot was Mexican and looked gangster and that was enough for them to shoot. Here's something for you: You go out and confront people at night who are armed and tell me what race they are. You won't even be able to tell. Quit using the race card as your crutch to fall back on. When a white person gets shot by police, why don't you call and complain about that. Oh yeah, they aren't considered a minority so it must be okay with you.

Yes police are trained with guns. But do you think that someone with a knife can only run up and stab you with it? Have you ever seen a knife being thrown? Have you seen the damage it can cause? How close is too close? Oh, that's right, because you didn't sign up to be a cop, you wouldn't know, would you?

• Nobody thanked life saver

A few weeks ago, I was eating lunch with my granddaughter at (name of eatery withheld). A lady across from us began to choke and nobody knew what to do. Nobody did anything. I started hollering, "Heimlich! Heimlich!" and a gentleman jumped up and ran over and grabbed her and did the Heimlich Maneuver on her and literally saved her life right in front of us. I didn't see anybody say thank you or anything. I realized everybody was kind of in shock. But I just wanted to say that there are good people in the world who will step up and do what needs to be done every once in a while. I just want to say thank you to that gentleman.

• Speak out on crimes

I'm calling in regards to all the shootings and killings around here in our small town of Ceres. People, come on, start talking. Tell what you know. Get these monsters where they belong -- behind bars and off our streets. We're losing control and when that happens, we will all be victims. They are killing our children, our mothers, our fathers, our sisters and brothers. Stop letting them scare you into silence or they will never stop doing it.

You need to come forward and tell what you know on all these senseless murders. Remember, God doesn't like ugly and I bet you if you speak out, you will sleep better tonight. Please, God have mercy on our town